IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits vol:29 issue:12 pages:1552-1559 IEEE Journal on Solid-State Circuits vol:29 issue:9 pages:1552-1559
The realization of a complete low cost CMOS optical fiber link using a LED and PIN as optical components is presented, The driver and receiver are realized in a standard 0.8 mu m digital CMOS process which makes integration with a DSP possible. The driver is a current steering transistor combined with a small quiescent current source, The modulation current is 60 mA which allows a 155 Mb/s optical data-rate, The receiver is a three-stage transimpedance amplifier followed by a signal converter which provides digital output signal levels. The three-stage configuration makes possible the realization of a high transimpedance (150 k Omega), necessary to obtain a high sensitivity, combined with a high bandwidth. The achieved optical data-rate is 240 Mb/s for 1 mu A input modulation currents, This results in a transimpedance bandwidth of 18 THz Omega, which is one order of magnitude higher than recently published circuits, The speed performance of the total link is limited by the optical time-constant of the LED, leading to a 155 Mb/s optical link, designed for use in four-fiber interboard connections in 622 Mb/s B-ISDN systems.